Carlton E. Benjamin
NORTHPORT — Carlton E. Benjamin, 88, of Northport, Long Island, passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Northport V.A. Medical Center.
Carlton was born in Morris to Harold L. and Helen E. (Young) Benjamin.
He graduated from Oneonta High School Class of 1942. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pharmacists mate from 1943 until 1946, on a tank landing ship, LST-209 (USS Bamberg County).
In 1948, Carlton married the love of his life, Evelyn (Wiest) at Atonement Lutheran Church, Oneonta.
He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hartwick College in 1949, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and the choir, and did post graduate studies at SUNY Oneonta, C.W. Post and Alfred University.
Carlton purchased his first home in Levittown, Long Island, under the G.I. Bill.
He worked as an agent for Prudential and Lutheran Mutual insurance companies on Long Island; and as a teacher in several school districts including Northport, Deer Park, North Shore H.S. in Glen Head, and Harborfields School District where he taught science from 1965 to 1967. He retired from H.A.R.T. Bus Company of Huntington.
Carlton’s love for music inspired him to create the Northport Chorale for which he served as first president. His legacy lives on as the Chorale celebrates 30 years sharing the gift of song at nursing homes, summer concerts at Northport Harbor, and other venues throughout Long Island.
Until his illness he was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, East Northport, serving as a member of the choir and bell choir, usher, and Sunday school teacher. He was instrumental in leading a drive to obtain air conditioning for the church.
A lifelong love for learning led Carlton and his wife to enjoy many trips. Particularly memorable were a family trek across the U.S. in 1964, and a trip to Hawaii in 1998, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.